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Prayer Services in Religious High Schools for Boys in Israel-Teachers' Perspectives: Are They Listening to Students?
This qualitative research aims to explore the experiences of teachers in the implementation of prayer services in religious high schools for boys in Israel. It is a continued research project following on from a study which focused on the experiences of students in the implementation of prayer services.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2021
This qualitative research aims to explore the experiences of teachers in the implementation of prayer services in religious high schools for girls in Israel. Twenty teachers from three different schools were interviewed as part of this qualitative research study. Interviews were conducted during 2017–2018. The research focused on what teachers felt were the goals of prayer services in schools and the challenges they faced in their implementation. The research points to reasons why, from teachers' perspectives, these services are not maximizing their impact on the religious development of many students.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2020
To increase the likelihood of school-wide change and ultimately reach a greater number of teachers, PCJE will hold a Tefilah Education Conference for Day School Administrators at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD from June 24-28, 2019. PCJE will host a maximum of 15 school administrators and/or key tefilah leaders best able and empowered to lead the tefilah education change process in their schools.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2019
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Receives Two-Year Grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation to Support the Pardes Tefilah Initiative
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is proud to announce the awarding of a two-year grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation. The grant will provide support and direction to day schools and other Jewish educational institutions in the area of tefilah (prayer) through the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
Ever since the institution of formalized prayer there has been anxiety about the impact of that decision. “When one makes his prayer fixed it is no longer a supplication” (Mishnah Berakhot 4:4). The implications are educational as well as theological. Educating to the formal structures of tefillah functions as an important gateway to socializing the student into an adult community of Jewish prayer, but the more we focus on that important element the more we constrain the individual expression and the internal prayerful experience. In the contemporary educational scene, this dichotomy often expresses itself as a lens of the school’s halakhic orientation. Read more about tefillah, in this issue of Jewish Educational Leadership.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2017
Identifying Key Factors Influencing Adolescent Prayer Education in a Modern Orthodox School: Teacher, Student and Environmental Components
Jewish prayer may be conceived as a self-reflective conversation between the supplicant and the Divine, an anchor in moments of challenge or success, and a tool for clarifying values, meaning and purpose. Acquisition of tefilla (prayer) skills is an important goal during adolescence, and psychological and biological changes occurring during adolescence accentuate the relevance of positive tefilla experiences. Appropriate engagement of middle school and high school students by the Yeshiva school community can play a significant role in the development of an adolescent’s Jewish identity and lifelong commitment to prayer. The purpose of this study was to explore factors critical to student engagement in tefilla during adolescence, particularly those that may create a foundation for lifelong tefilla practice.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2017
These are questions that I struggle with as an educator, a tefillah leader, and a Jew. As a participant, I hope to be moved by worship experiences. As a leader, I hope to make the experience meaningful. As an educator, I want students to have a positive Jewish experience that inspires them -- to lead, to learn and to live Jewishly. How can we make the time students spend in religious school tefillah meaningful and memorable, and how can it be used to develop relationships and build community? There are elements inherent in a service that do engage children. Children love to talk, to sing, to move, and to listen to stories. If we can frame the tefillah with these concepts, perhaps we can create a more engaging prayer experience. If we can infuse each element of the service with meaning, taking the time to explain and explore what we do and why we do it, we have the potential of making not only religious school tefillah more engaging, but also every service they attend for the rest of their lives.
Updated: Jan. 18, 2017
Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for Spring 2017 Issue focusing on Tefillah. Tefillah is a challenge for adults – witness how many people struggle to make it to their synagogue, struggle to find meaningful moments when they get there, and struggle to pray when not in an organized prayer environment or in deep crisis. No wonder that the Rabbis called tefillah an avodah, a labor. Teaching students to engage in tefillah raises the challenge even further. The next issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is dedicated to addressing the question of how to address tefillah.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2016
At the start of the summer vacation, twenty four teachers, spanning grades 2-12, across denominations and from throughout the U.S., participated in the Aleinu Leshabe’ach II: Conference on Tefilah in Jewish Day Schools. The five-day conference, run by the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE) with support from the AVI CHAI Foundation, aimed to work with teachers on the front lines who are seeking ways to make tefilah (prayer) more meaningful in their schools.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
A first-of-a-kind symposium has opened today, July 8, 2015, focusing on tefilah in Jewish day schools. Aleinu Leshabe’ach, organized by the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, has brought together 17 tefilah facilitators, across all grades, from Orthodox, Conservative and Community day schools, to spend six days exploring the challenges and new possibilities for tefilah education.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2015